Time is counting down to the announcement of the winner of Wetherby’s best dressed Christmas window contest which has been declared another success.
Judging of all 19 entries for the Welcome to Wetherby initiative, was carried out last week by four youngsters from Crossley Street School and a Year 11 student from Wetherby High.
A few days later, the President and Vice-President of the Wetherby Business Association did the rounds, this time awarding marks for criteria such as imaginative use of stock.
Welcome to Wetherby chairman Cindy Bentley said: “There were some fantastic entries this year, including two local estate agents and a building society.”
The popular initiative was launched last year by the Welcome to Wetherby team with support from the Wetherby Business Association to encourage local businesses to make the most of the festive season and to attract customers by their decorated windows.
Last year’s winner of the Wetherby Business Association crystal trophy was local DIY store, Touchwood.
Another scheme to increase town centre trade included the Independents’ Day to encourage shoppers to back local independent retailers.
Promotion for the event last July 4, included in store discounts for shoppers and a town centre-based mascot for the day and was declared such a success that it is being planned for 2014.
Recent boosts to the ecomony have been the first Christmas lights switch on and the Lions Dickensian Christmas Fair.